Bible Story Craft for Jonah
1. For the boat, heavy construction paper, colors you like in felt pens, crayons or paints.
2. For the whale, construction paper, gray paint, felt pen or crayon.
3. For the giant gourd, construction paper, color you like for the gourd, green for the leaves in paint, felt pen or crayons.
1. Cut out the boat, paste on construction paper, color it as you like.
Explain how the Lord told Jonah to go to the city of Nineveh and tell them of their wickedness. Tell them how Jonah refused and got on a ship to head in the opposite direction from Ninevah, to a city called Tarshish. Then rock the boat back and forth, and tell them that God sent a great wind and a big storm and the ship was tossed about. Tell them that they started praying to their gods and throwing things overboard to lighten it.
Then tell them that Jonah was sleeping, and he was woken up and told to call upon his God, and how the men decided it was because of Jonah that there was a storm because they knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the LORD. Tell them that the men threw Jonah overboard and the storm stopped.
2. Cut out the whale and paste it on construction paper, color it gray. (If you wanted to you could draw a little person inside the whale to be Jonah.
Tell the children how the LORD had prepared the great fish (Lord Jesus called it a whale) to be there at the right time to swallow up Jonah, and he was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights. Tell them that Jonah prayed to the LORD from inside the belly of the whale, and that finally he said “Salvation is of the LORD” and the whale vomited him up onto dry land.
3. Cut out the gourd, paste it on construction paper and color it what color you like, but color the leaves green.
Explain how the second time the LORD spoke to Jonah and told him to go to Ninevah, Jonah obeyed, and he preached for forty days and told the people that God was going to destroy the city. Tell them that the people believed, and fasted, and sat in sackcloth and ashes, and repent and turn from their evil ways. And then tell them how God did not destroy the city because the people repented.
Tell them that Jonah was very angry with God, and that he went out of the city and sat down in a little hut. Tell them that God made a very large, giant gourd to grow and be shelter for Jonah from the heat, and how happy Jonah was because of the gourd. Then tell them that God brought a hot wind, and it killed the gourd, and Jonah didn’t understand, but that God was just showing Jonah that he was in control, and that if it was His desire, he could spare the city of Nineveh.. just as he could destroy the gourd.